FROM Niall Ferguson
Six Killer Apps for Saving Western Civilization? Niall Ferguson has been called an unapologetic defender of western imperialism—a claim they say is reinforced by his latest book, ”Civilization,” subtitled “the West and the Rest.”
The G-20 and the Man Who Wasn't There The so-called G-8 became the G-20 this weekend as thirteen emerging powers sat next to the industrialized nations to talk about fixing the global economy . At the formal dinner, the President of the United States had the President of Brazil on his right while the President of China sat on his left. Saudi Arabia, India and other developing nations also were at the table, along with Japan, Russia and the industrialized nations of Europe, dramatizing the new reality of economic interdependence. The man who wasn't there was Barack Obama . We talk about what the meeting accomplished and the challenges left for the next President of the United States.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.